Environment & Science

Orange County's Huntington State Beach advisory ends after shark sighting

A frequent visitor to Huntington State Beach says he was bumped by a shark while surfing. The park has since then gone under an advisory.
A frequent visitor to Huntington State Beach says he was bumped by a shark while surfing. The park has since then gone under an advisory.
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Huntington State Beach had an advisory out warning visitors after a shark made an appearance Thursday afternoon, but the advisory ended at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The shark was sighted by a frequent visitor who was bumped while surfing. The park was closed after it was reported, then reopened with an advisory on Friday. Kevin Pearsall, state park lifeguard captain, said information on the type of shark seen was unknown.  

There have been increased reports of shark sightings this summer, but Pearsall said shark attacks are generally rare. Pearsall said social media has brought more attention to the sightings. 

"I don't see anything abnormal or different nowadays, it just happens to be that we have a more social media," he said. "People are just finding out about these things that have really probably always been there."

Pearsall said people who come in contact with a shark should try to stay calm.

"In any situation like that when you're in the middle of something that's a predator-type format, whether it's in the water or not, you want to not panic," Pearsall said.